Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Season 7 Episode 7

Once More Unto the Breach

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Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Nov 11, 1998 on Syndicado
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Stardate: Unknown Worf grants Kor a place on his ship as they launch an attack against the Dominion. Tensions rise when Martok encounters Kor, who denied him officer status many years ago because Martok was descended from a common house.

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  • A Klingon legend, Kor, asks Worf for help in getting him a military command. After Martok angrily refuses to discuss the subject, Worf assigns Kor to Martok's ship as third officer. Once aboard, Kor desires one last honorable mission before he is too old.moreless

    8.6
    The legendary Klingon hero, Kor, seeks a military command through the help of Worf. To Worf's surprise, Martok refuses to grant Kor a command due to a personal grudge. Nevertheless, Worf appoints Kor as third officer on Martok's ship, the Ch'Tang. The crew has a reverent admiration for Kor, while Martok remains angered at the presence of Kor. Kor is given a chance to prove his command ability when Martok and Worf are injured during a battle with the Jem'Hadar. Kor hallucinates that he is fighting the Federation and nearly causes the loss of the ship and its crew. Kor is now viewed by Martok and crew as a confused, crazy old man. With the Ch'Tang on the brink of destruction, Worf prepares to sacrifice himself to save everyone else. Kor, seizing the moment to become an honorable hero once again, knocks Worf unconscious and succeeds in holding off the Jem'Hadar in an unlikely attack.



    Meanwhile back on Deep Space Nine, Quark and Jake Sisko believe Ezri is interested in a relationship with Worf. Concerned that Ezri and Worf are not right for each other, Quark is relieved that Ezri is uninterested in Worf afterall. Overall, this episode is a great Klingon story that fits nicely in the war-torn Season 7. It is one of the better Klingon stories of the series. It combines nostalgia and modern Trek and is excellent Klingon-lore from the past, bringing Kor from the calmer, contained "Original Series" and placing him into the heat of battle in "Deep Space Nine". In this storyline, it is difficult to not sympathize with the aging Kor, who's having flashbacks, being mocked, feeling uselss. Kor's flashbacks allow fans of "The Original Series" to recall the same nostalgic memories of the Federation and Klingon Empire being cold enemies of the 23rd century. Through Kor, we learn that we need to appreciate the fruits of youth while we are young. As a bonus, the episode also has a light-hearted subplot surrounding Quark, Jake Sisko, and Ezri Dax.moreless
Armin Shimerman

Armin Shimerman

Quark

Michael Dorn

Michael Dorn

Lt. Commander Worf (Season 4-7)

Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois

Constable Odo

Nana Visitor

Nana Visitor

Major/Colonel/Commander Kira Nerys

Avery Brooks

Avery Brooks

Commander/Captain Benjamin Sisko

Alexander Siddig

Alexander Siddig

Dr. Julian Bashir

John Colicos

John Colicos

Kor

Guest Star

Neil Vipond

Neil Vipond

Darok

Guest Star

Nancy Youngblut

Nancy Youngblut

Kolana

Guest Star

J.G. Hertzler

J.G. Hertzler

Martok

Recurring Role

Mark Allen Shepherd

Mark Allen Shepherd

Morn (uncredited)

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (7)

    • Martok: How did that pompus old man hold off an entire fleet with only one ship?

      Worf: Does it matter?

    • Worf: (listening to Bashir and O'Brien arguing about the death of Davy Crockett) You are both wrong. The only real question is whether you believe in the legend of Davy Crockett or not. If you do, then there should be no doubt in your mind that he died a hero's death. If you do not believe in the legend, then he was just a man, and it does not matter how he died.

    • (Darok hands Martok a bottle of bloodwine)
      Martok: On the bridge?
      Darok: If they succeed, you can drink to their courage, and if they fail... you can still drink to their courage.

    • Darok: Men of our generation never stood on ceremony. We ate when we were hungry, we fought when we were angered - I miss the simplicity of those days.
      Kor: I miss a great deal about those days.
      Darok: The warriors on this ship... they don't know what they missed. But such is the way of children. They often let the promise of the future obscure the glories of the past.
      Kor: Is there a point to this nostalgic indulgence?
      Darok: Only that they are children. Even Martok - who, for all his flaws, is a great warrior - even Martok is but a child compared to you or me. They are quick to judge and slow to forgive. They still have much to learn.

    • Ezri: You'd make a pretty good counselor. Want to trade jobs?
      Kira: Oh, people would love bringing their problems to me. "You dreamed about what? You're crazy! Now, get out of my office! Next patient!"

    • Kor: Savor the fruit of life, my young friends. It has a sweet taste when it's fresh from the vine. But don't live too long. The taste turns bitter after a time.

    • Kor: I heard the news about Jadzia.
      Worf: She died a warrior.
      Kor: I expected nothing less.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Kor is revealed to have been a member of the Klingon Royal family, who passed over Martok's being recommended for officer's school when he was younger for not being of royal blood. Martok later rose through the ranks after a battlefield commission for his actions against a Romulan boarding party on the ship he was serving, and he had held a grudge against Kor ever since.

    • Kor comments on the bloodwine given to him by Worf, "2309 - an excellent year." This is probably from the 16 cases Nog acquired in "Treachery, Faith, And The Great River", in which he swapped 16 cases of another vintage that Martok received from his wife to try getting a stabilizer for the Defiant's gravity net, and had to replace, ultimately pleasing Martok because 2309 was a better vintage than the one he traded away.

    • The Dominion now has a long-range tachyon scanning device that can detect cloaked ships.

    • Final apperance of Kor and the final television appearance of John Colicos, before his death on March 6, 2000.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • The Time Trap
      Kor refers to having served aboard a D-5 cruiser back when the Klingons and the Federation were at odds. This appears to be a reference to the Animated Series episode "The Time Trap", the one and only time when we have seen Kor in such a situation.

    • Once More Unto The Breach

      The title of this episode was taken from Shakespeare's King Henry V:

      "Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more,
      Or close the wall up with our English dead!
      In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
      As modest stillness and humility;
      But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
      Then imitate the action of the tiger:
      Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood."

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